In the Central African Republic, the African Union, with United Nations support, shepherded the recent signing of the peace agreement.
In South Sudan, the signing of the revitalized peace agreement facilitated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), with the support of the AU and the UN has sparked renewed hope, even as more needs to be done to definitively silence the weapons and end Abuses, including sexual and gender-based violence in South Sudan.
In Somalia, the UN and AU continue to work together in support of Somalia's state-building agenda, its fight against violent extremism and efforts to restore peace and stability in the country.
And the United Nations continues to work closely with the African Union and other partners to ensure the peaceful conduct of elections on the continent.
In Madagascar, the United Nations and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) actively supported the good offices led by the AU and Mr. Lamamra during the 2018 presidential election. Their efforts contributed to a peaceful process.
The United Nations has also increased its support to efforts to counter-terrorism and prevent violent extremism in Africa. In June 2018, the UN signed with the AU a Memorandum of Understanding in this area to increase its cooperation and capacity-building support to the AU and several sub-regional organizations as well as to Member States.
Silencing the guns for good requires the participation of all. As we assess efforts to increase women's leadership and meaningful participation in political processes, we see that progress has slowed down, despite the combined work of the UN, the AU and the civil society. We must redouble our efforts in this critical pursuit.
Building resilient societies is also key to silencing the guns. This implies strong institutions that respond to the needs of citizens, good governance and inclusive politics.
In recent years, the continent has made great strides in deepening democratic and democratic institutions, including through the implementation of African Governance Architecture.
However, many governance challenges remain, including the marginalization of certain groups from political processes, the prevalence of a 'win-take-all' approach, corruption, and poor management of natural resources.
The UN continues to work with the AU and the Regional Economic Communities in helping to build strong national institutions and addressing the root causes of armed conflict, including through support to democratic consolidation, upholding human rights, ending marginalization and promoting inclusive socio-economic development, in line with the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and the African Union's Agenda 2063.
As the Secretary-General said days ago pointing to recent peaceful elections and truce, "a wind of hope is blowing in Africa." Moreover, across the continent, entrepreneurship is up, access to education has increased and child mortality has declined. And just one year ago, Africa's leaders launched the African Continental Free Trade Area.
These and other positive developments are clear evidence that it is Africans, in partnership with the global community, who are leading the way to peace and prosperity in the continent.
In "silencing the guns" African countries have a central role to play in making the initiative a success, as do the African Union and Africa's private sector and civil society.
But it is vital that the international community lend its support to Africa in achieving this objective. Let this debate today galvanize global support for these efforts.
Thank you, Mr. President.